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Solid waste is picked-up daily on campus. Pick up times are between 4:00 AM and 7:00 PM. To request solid waste pickups for special events please contact us at 747-7187.


The UTEP Recycling Program was started in 1998 and currently collects and processes 40,000 lbs. of paper products monthly with your support. Recycling 2,000 lbs. of paper saves 17 trees. Recycling is picked up on a building-by-building schedule. If you would like to schedule a special pick up, please contact us at 747-7187. For additional information, a special pick up or a container request, please contact us on the recycling line at 747-7177 or by email at

Follow these guidelines to maximize the process and prevent recycling stream contamination.

Materials accepted:

  • White paper (includes copy paper, envelopes, and business cards)
  • Shredded paper (must be bagged)
  • Colored Paper (Paper fiber is dyed)
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Books (includes phone books, catalogs, spiral and comb notebooks)
  • Cardboard (flattened and empty boxes)
  • Printer cartridges (place in new cartridge package)
  • Plastic bottles

Materials not accepted:

  • Paper ream wrappers, Blue prints, glass, or metal
  • Facial tissue, napkins, or paper towels
  • Padded envelopes, no plastics or plastic wrap
  • Foil/Mylar paper or carbon paper
  • Candy or gum wrappers, food containers, or trash
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  • 500 West University Avenue,
  • El Paso, Texas 79968
  • (915) 747-5000